France and England in North America: Count Frontenac and New France under Louis XIV A half-century of conflict. Montcalm and Wolfe

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Library of America, 1983 - 1620 páginas
This is the second of two Library of America volumes (the companion volume here) presenting, in compact form, all seven parts of Francis Parkman's monumental narrative history of the struggle for control of the American continent. Thirty years in the writing, Parkman's "history of the American forest" is an accomplishment hardly less awesome than the explorations and adventures he so vividly describes. The story reaches its climax with the fatal confrontation of two great commanders at Quebec's Plains of Abraham--and a daring stratagem that would determine the future of a continent.

Count Frontenac and New France under Louis XIV (1877) details how France might have won her imperial struggle with England. Frontenac, a courtier who was made governor of New France by that most sagacious of monarchs, oversaw the colony's brightest era of growth and influence. Had Canada's later governors possessed his administrative skill and personal force, his sense of diplomacy and political talent, or his grasp of the uses of power in a modern world, the English colonies to the south might have become part of what Frontenac saw as a continental scheme of French dominion.

England's American colonies flourished, while France, in both the Old World and the New, declined from its greatness of the late seventeenth century. Conflict over the developing western regions of North America erupted in a series of colonial wars. As narrated by Parkman in A Half-Century of Conflict (1892), these American campaigns, while only part of a larger, global struggle, prepared the colonies for the American Revolution.

In Montcalm and Wolfe (1884) Parkman describes the fatal confrontation of the two great French and English commanders whose climactic battle marked the end of French power in America. As the English colonies cooperated for their own defense, they began to realize their common interests, their relative strength, and their unique position. In this imperial war of European powers we also begin to see the American figures--Benjamin Franklin, George Washington--soon to occupy a historical stage of their own.

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Part two of Parkman's life's work. Well written and researched. Both volumes shed light on a forgotten and not well known period of North American pre-Revolutionary history. Leer comentario completo

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Preface
9
FRONTENAC AT QUEBEC
22
16731675
30
FRONTENAC AND DUCHESNEAU
42
LE FEBVRE DE LA BARRE
61
LA BARRE AND THE IROQUOIS
72
16851687
91
DENONVILLE AND THE SENECAS
107
16971750
534
17001732
552
Gunnery Camp Frolics Sectarian Zeal Perplexities
636
LOUISBOURG TAKEN
654
DUC DANVILLE
672
ACADIAN CONFLICTS
688
17401747
712
Preface
841

THE IROQUOIS INVASION
120
RETURN OF FRONTENAC
138
THE THREE WARPARTIES
154
MASSACHUSETTS ATTACKS QUEBEC
173
DEFENCE OF QUEBEC
192
THE SCOURGE OF CANADA
209
16911695
230
16901694
243
NEW FRANCE AND NEW ENGLAND
267
16931697
280
16961698
295
DEATH OF FRONTENAC
308
16991701
315
Appendix
325
PREFACE
337
DETROIT
348
17031713
359
17041740
373
THE TORMENTED FRONTIER
399
LOVEWELLS FIGHT
502
1712
517
17491752
870
CONFLICT FOR THE WEST
888
French Fort Savage Allies The Captive Beaujeu
972
REMOVAL OF THE ACADIANS
1006
DIESKAU
1041
SHIRLEYBORDER
1063
Governor Character of Vaudreuil His Accusations
1152
Indian Allies The Warfeast Treatment of Prisoners
1166
A WINTER OF DISCONTENT
1197
Marin Adventures of Putnam Expedition of Bradstreet
1275
THE BRINK OF RUIN
1308
WOLFE AT QUEBEC
1331
Wolfes Victory and Death Prediction of Jonathan Mayhew
1402
SAINTEFOY
1421
FALL OF CANADA
1443
17581763
1458
17631884
1475
Chronology
1505
Note on the Texts ISII
1511
Index
1517
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Francis Parkman (1823-1893) was one of America's first and greatest historians, author of such narrative masterpieces as The Oregon Trail, France and England in North America and The Conspiracy of Pontiac.

David Levin
(1924-1998), volume editor, was professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of History as Romantic Art: Bancroft, Prescott, Motley, and Parkman, In Defense of Historical Literature, and Cotton Mather: The Young Life of the Lord's Remembrancer: 1663-1703.